Valorisation of organic wastes to produce industrially relevant commodity products is a sustainable, cost-effective and viable alternative providing a green platform for chemical production while simultaneously leading to waste disposal management. In the present study, organic wastes such as agricultural residue-derived sugars, oilseed meals, poultry waste and molasses were used for substituting expensive organic fermentation medium components. Moorella thermoacetica and Aurantiochytrium limacinum were adapted on these waste-derived hydrolysates to produce high volume-low value products such as bio-acetic acid (80% theoretical yields) and oil-rich fish/animal feed (more than 85% dry cell weight as compared with conventional nutrient sources) respectively. Use of these waste-derived nutrients led to ~ 75% and ~ 90% reduction in media cost for acetic acid and oil-rich biomass production respectively as compared with that of traditionally used high-priced medium components. The strategy will assist in the cost reduction for high volume-low value products while also ensuring waste recovery.
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The Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, supported this study under the grant No. BT/EB/ICT- Extension/2012.
The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, supported this study under the grant number BT/PR13796/PBD/26/139/2010.
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Pawar, P.R., Rao, P., Prakash, G. et al. Organic waste streams as feedstock for the production of high volume-low value products. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-07985-0
- Waste to value
- Bio-acetic acid
- Oil-rich biomass